Florida: ELL Resources

Map of Florida

As of 2019, Florida's schools were home to more than 278,500 English language learners. In recent years, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Florida have been Spanish, Haitian and Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Arabic, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Florida is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.


State ELL Resources

ELL Website: English Language Learners

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Florida Contact Information


Statewide Organizations

Central Florida TESOL

Central Florida TESOL is an organization committed to the promotion of the scholarship of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and English Language Learners in Central Florida and beyond.

Sunshine State TESOL

Sunshine State TESOL is committed to building a community of professionals teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in the state of Florida.

Florida: Seal of Biliteracy

Florida adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2016, following a pilot program in local districts.  The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

Florida Center for Reading Research

The Florida Center for Reading Research conducts basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction; disseminates information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade; and conducts applied research that will have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to literacy instruction in Florida.

Florida Education Association

Florida Education Association, a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, educates the public and supporters of public education to build a consensus for standards of excellence in our educational system.

Florida State Parent Information Resource Centers

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide resource provider and network for people who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs, as well as for their families and concerned citizens.

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:

References

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.